Solo & Ensemble Festival

MTAC Santa Monica Bay
Solo & Ensemble Festival

Deborah H. How & Emily Senchuk, Co-Chairs

Students/Parents are asked to please communicate with the Chairs through your Teacher.

February 26, 2023 (SUN)
Westside Music Conservatory
2:00 PM (if necessary)
3:00 PM 
4:00 PM (if necessary)
5:00 PM (if necessary)

Teachers: please check your e-mail for more information and details.

Application Form (will be available January 1, 2023)
Deadline: February 1, 2022 (WED), 11:59pm PT

Rules & Guidelines

General Information
  • Solo or Ensembles are welcome
  • String, Wind, and Voice performers may perform:
    • Solo repertoire with live accompaniment
    • Solo repertoire with any kind of recorded/digital/electronic accompaniment
    • Solo repertoire must be performed with accompaniment, if the piece was originally written with accompaniment
Number of Students & Total Playing Time
Each teacher may enter up to a maximum of 15 minutes of total playing time divided among:
  • Solo Performers OR
  • Ensemble Groups OR
  • Solo Performers and Ensemble Groups combined
  • We encourage teachers to submit as many students as they have prepared
  • Students may be in Grades K-12, College, or Adult, but must be playing at CM Level 4 (or equivalent) and higher
    • See Repertoire information below
  • Any teacher with more than 15 minutes of total playing time is encouraged to contact the Co-Chairs to see if there is enough time to accommodate the extra time/students
  • Any classical solo or ensemble literature from any era
  • Students must be playing at CM Level 4 (or equivalent) and higher
    • Students do NOT need to be registered for CM to participate in this Festival
  • Maximum of two unrelated works may be programmed
    • Movements from the same piece or collection of shorter pieces are considered ONE work
If you have any questions regarding the appropriateness of your literature, please contact Deborah How or Emily Senchuk, Chair.
Students/Parents are asked to please communicate with the Chair through your Teacher


Solo Performers: $25 fee per solo performer

  • Solo Performers must be Students
  • Solo Performers include
    • Piano Soloists
    • Guitar/Wind/Brass/String/Voice Soloists (unaccompanied)
    • Guitar/Wind/Brass/String/Voice Soloists (accompanied on piano by non-student collaborative artist, teacher, or parent)
Ensemble Groups: $30 fee per ensemble group (covers all members of the ensemble group)
  • Ensemble Groups are chamber music ensembles of two or more performers
  • All members of Ensemble Groups must be Students, unless the work is for multiple "soloists" with accompaniment
  • At least one member of the Ensemble Group must be a Student of an MTAC Santa Monica Bay Branch Teacher
  • Ensemble Groups include
    • Piano Four Hands (Duets), Piano Duos, etc.
    • Instrumental and/or Vocal Ensembles with/without piano
Memorization & Performing Experience
  • Memorization for Piano solo literature is mandatory.
  • Memorization for Guitar solo literature (unaccompanied and accompanied) is mandatory.
  • Memorization for Vocal solo literature (unaccompanied and accompanied) is mandatory.
  • Memorization for other Non-Piano Instrumental solo literature is optional.
  • Memorization for all Ensemble Groups (chamber music) is optional.
  • Students must have previous performing experience.
Etiquette & Concert Dress
  • All performers must stay for the entirety of their assigned recital program.
  • All performers must appear in CONCERT DRESS.
    For example, NO T-shirts, clothing with advertising, jeans, shorts, sweatpants, mini-skirts, sneakers, or flip flops.